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Troopers seize 2 ounces of cocaine in traffic stop

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Two men from West Virginia are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized two ounces of cocaine, worth an estimated $4,500 following a traffic stop in Scioto County.

Troopers stopped a 1997 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, with West Virginia registration, for a vehicle defect violation on US 23, near milepost 5, at 6:48 p.m. Friday. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two ounces of cocaine located in a tool box in the vehicle’s trunk.

The driver, Mark Trogdon, 52, of Wayne, W.Va., and passenger, Van Lee Smith, 42, of Huntington, W. Va., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail, and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies. If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.

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